Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake, & Hemlock Lake

Today’s adventure took us to Buttermilk Falls, and included a loop around both Crater Lake and Hemlock Lake. The road to Buttermilk Falls is closed now, so it adds another 1.5 miles each way to the trip from where you have to park.

The falls are quite beautiful, providing a great start and and to the trip. The initial climb is quite gruesome. Once up to the proper elevation, however, the rest of the hike made for some quick mileage almost entirely absent of other hikers.

Total distance: 11.97 mi
Max elevation: 1534 ft
Min elevation: 440 ft
Total climbing: 2151 ft
Total descent: -2175 ft
Total time: 05:43:22